"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
This book considers how people talk about the location of objects and
places. Spatial language has occupied many researchers across diverse
fields, such as linguistics, psychology, GIScience, architecture, and
neuroscience. However, the vast majority of work in this area has examined
spatial language in monologue situations, and often in highly artificial
and restricted settings. Yet there is a growing recognition in the language
research community that dialogue rather than monologue should be a starting
point for language understanding. Hence, the current zeitgeist in both
language research and robotics/AI demands an integrated examination of
spatial language in dialogue settings. The present volume provides such
integration for the first time and reports on the latest developments in
this important field. Written in a way that will appeal to researchers
across disciplines from graduate level upwards, the book sets the agenda
for future research in spatial conceptualization and communication.